Media FX News Archives
- June 27, 2001
- New York Observer: "Cheapness
- Willow Coming
to DVD November 27, 2001
- DreamWorks Refuses Comment
on Bromeliad Trilogy
- News Link of the Day
- Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film
Observer: "Cheapness Sinks Atlantis"
(by digitalmediafx.com) The New York Observer has published
a detailed feature article where animators cite cheapness as the
reason for the failure of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
by Rebecca Traister, takes head on the competition between Disney
and DreamWorks and how DreamWorks is winning the animation war.
the allegations made by Jeffrey Katzenberg in his acrimonious
1995 lawsuit against Mr. Eisnerthat his magic had elevated
Disney to dizzying profit heightswere ringing true,"
claims the article. "Mr. Katzenberg was not always right
(check out The Road to El Dorado), but there is a feeling that
when he left the Magic Kingdom, he took the Leg-of-Tadpole Cookbook
and Disney refused to speak with the article's author.
here to read the entire article. (Note: the article
has brought in a huge amount of traffic to the New York Observer
and may result in you receiving a "too many users connected"
server error message).
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Coming to DVD November 27, 2001
(by digitalmediafx.com) The epic fantasy adventure Willow
will debut on DVD, via a Special Edition DVD, on November 27,
2001. The suggested retail price for the DVD will be $26.98. For
the DVD the movie has been digitally remastered for higher quality
picture and sound (THX). Features on the disc include special
commentaries, a documentary showcasing Willow's special
effects, a "Making Of An Adventure" documentary, an
effects featurette, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, and
a still photo gallery.
" Based on a story by George Lucas, with a screenplay written
by Bob Dolman, Willow is director Ron Howard's fantasy
world of medieval adventure. Willow stars Val Kilmer as
Madmartigan, a swashbuckling warrior, and Warwick Davis as the
title character. In a mythical kingdom, the evil sorceress Queen
Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) plots to kill all infants so that the newborn
princess, Elora, will never take over the throne. But a midwife
sets the baby adrift in a river, and she is rescued by Willow,
a farmer in Nelwyn, a peaceful village of trolls, fairies, and
little folk. Willow and Madmartigan begin a quest to deliver the
baby from evil while being chased by Queen Bavmorda's daughter,
Sorsha (Joanne Whalley), sent to bring the baby back to Nockmaar."
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Refuses Comment on Bromeliad Trilogy
(by digitalmediafx.com) DreamWorks will not confirm or deny
by BBC News earlier this week that claimed the animated
Bromeliad Trilogy by DreamWorks would be only one movie. Both
Adamson and Jeffrey Katzenberg were interviewed for
the article. The statement that the trilogy will be only one movie
contradicts a press release issued in May by DreamWorks that says,
"Truckers [the first movie in the trilogy] will be
the first to be turned into a computer animated feature."
yesterday to an inquiry by Digital Media FX, DreamWorks would
only say, "The project is still in development so we really
can't confirm either way."
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of the Day - Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film
to the Ottawa Citizen:
makers of a big Warner Bros. summer comedy are suddenly realizing
that there are a lot of cat lovers out there.
In fact, the
fur is already starting to fly over the movie, Cats and Dogs,
even before its July 4 arrival in theatres
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